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Im trading in my 780i/8800gt sli setup for a single Ultra as I only have a 19" monitor. Whats the best overclocking/all around board right now for my e8400. Im looking at p35/p45 is there any big differences between them? Im looking at the DFI DK p35 and the Gigabyte Ds3l is very inexpensive. Im only looking for one PCIE slot. My goal is 4 - 4.5ghz. I have 4 now on the evga board.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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If you are using your ACF7 Heatsink it will be a bit hard to reach 4.5GHz maybe 4GHz

As for the motherboard the MSI P45 platinum is a good board i have always liked MSI, another great board would be the DFI LanParty Dark P45 "Plus" (make sure it's the "Plus" model)

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I have an E8400 setup with a DFI bloodiron board. It's the P35 chipset plus it has one PCI-E slot like what you want and it comes at a very very good price:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136038

 

 

I was able to reach clock speeds up to 4.6GHz for benchmarks and everything. It has about every setting in the BIOS you can think of. Plus it's a DFI board which makes it better :D

 

You know what's funnier is that I got the same set of RAM as you. E8400+DFI Bloodiron+Ballistix Tracer= One hell of an OCer. But be advised to not be running your E8400 @4.5GHz and such for 24/7 use otherwise it will degrade.

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If you are using your ACF7 Heatsink it will be a bit hard to reach 4.5GHz maybe 4GHz

As for the motherboard the MSI P45 platinum is a good board i have always liked MSI, another great board would be the DFI LanParty Dark P45 "Plus" (make sure it's the "Plus" model)

 

Yah Damian is right on, I have a tuniq tower 120, not lapped, w/e8400 and a 780i motherboard. Been having trouble getting a stable 24/7 overclock over 4Ghz on air, but I haven't had a ton of time to really sit down and do it the way I should since I got the 4Ghz 24/7 stable. Best I could probably achieve would be a 4.2Ghz on air if I had the time to sit down and do it. But i'm happy with the 4ghz, TRUE was out of stock when I ordered the system in my sig and i'm impatient ;)

 

As ccokeman said in his review it does run pretty darn hot once you start pushing it over 4.0Ghz because of the voltage. So a lapped TRUE on air is a very good idea. Some day when i'm feeling ambitious I will take the time to lap the tuniq tower and see what I can get for temps. I did replace the stock tuniq fan with a scythe s-flex and that helped in lowering at least 4-5c.

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Yah Damian is right on, I have a tuniq tower 120, not lapped, w/e8400 and a 780i motherboard. Been having trouble getting a stable 24/7 overclock over 4Ghz on air, but I haven't had a ton of time to really sit down and do it the way I should since I got the 4Ghz 24/7 stable. Best I could probably achieve would be a 4.2Ghz on air if I had the time to sit down and do it. But i'm happy with the 4ghz, TRUE was out of stock when I ordered the system in my sig and i'm impatient ;)

 

As ccokeman said in his review it does run pretty darn hot once you start pushing it over 4.0Ghz because of the voltage. So a lapped TRUE on air is a very good idea. Some day when i'm feeling ambitious I will take the time to lap the tuniq tower and see what I can get for temps. I did replace the stock tuniq fan with a scythe s-flex and that helped in lowering at least 4-5c.

 

If I go any higher than 4.0 Im going to ditch the AC7. I think eventually im going to a water setup. My EVGA board runs 4.0 all day stable but I dont need SLI and all of its glory for a 19 inch monitor. So I took advantage of TDs XFX 8800 Ultra deal for $199. Hopefully I wont pwn the E8400 but if I do at least the q9550s are getting cheaper by the day ;)

 

These are some thoughts right now

 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136043

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131295

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128345

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130180

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You won't go past 4.0 with an E8400 and be stable.

Maybe a notch or two, but that's it.

ACF7 is a great dual core cooler but it is definitely not up to the task.

Here:

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thulex.html

that's what you want.

Go ahead and get an E8600.

Board-wise, I can't tell you which one to pick.

Doesn't look like ABIT is going to hit the shelves with a P45 or X48.

I have a new P5QE and I have to say that it's the least impressive of any motherboard that I have bought for a performance build since CONROE came out.

Those DFI P45s look like they might do the job. I see where they are hitting 600 FSB with E8600s without a blink.

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You won't go past 4.0 with an E8400 and be stable.

Maybe a notch or two, but that's it.

ACF7 is a great dual core cooler but it is definitely not up to the task.

Here:

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thulex.html

that's what you want.

Go ahead and get an E8600.

Board-wise, I can't tell you which one to pick.

Doesn't look like ABIT is going to hit the shelves with a P45 or X48.

I have a new P5QE and I have to say that it's the least impressive of any motherboard that I have bought for a performance build since CONROE came out.

Those DFI P45s look like they might do the job. I see where they are hitting 600 FSB with E8600s without a blink.

 

 

So are the Biostar I45 boards and for half the price...even 700fsb with sub-zero cooling

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One thing though is that an E8400 @4.5GHz may only be able to do a bench but no stability. E8400's don't like high volts and without high volts stability becomes a problem especially past 4.0GHz. I'd rather have mine stay @ 4.0GHz exactly than to have a degraded one

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After some looking im stuck between three boards now.

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=3790

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136038

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136043

 

 

But I guess its not really an E8400 topic now. I just sold it. So now ive got to go CPU shopping now to E8600?, Q9450?, Q9550? damn decisions decisions??????????

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After some looking im stuck between three boards now.

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=3790

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136038

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813136043

 

 

But I guess its not really an E8400 topic now. I just sold it. So now ive got to go CPU shopping now to E8600?, Q9450?, Q9550? damn decisions decisions??????????

 

 

Basically if you want high clocks go with the E8600 man that baby could reach 5GHz without breaking a sweat. I seen it in action lol. But if you do a ton of multitasking and have programs that can take advantage of the 4 cores go with the quad. Otherwise I'd choose the dual

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